Frequently Asked Questions
(Secondary Cross Country League)

What time does my race start?
See timetable on main page

What are the age groups for each race?
Races are run in age groups: year seven, junior (years 8 and 9), intermediate (years 10 and 11) and senior (years 12 and 13). Intermediates and seniors run in the same race but are separated at the finish line.

Will my race have a hare?
There are no hares for any secondary schools race.  Maps will be provided on the day and published on the website in the days before the race, so athletes are advised to arrive in time to walk the course before the race. Courses are open from 8.30am for athletes, and although races are marshalled we still advise that athletes familiarise themselves with the course before the race.

Can I wear spikes?
All age groups can wear spikes.

Do I need to register/sign in when I arrive?
Athletes and schools do not need to pre-register for races and there is now no affiliation fee to be paid to compete in the league. Schools representatives should report to registration upon arrival to collect results sheets. These need to be completed and returned to the desk prior to leaving the venue. Individuals from schools must also collect a sheet and again return it before leaving. This ensures that results can be compiled.  

What do I do at the end of my race?
At the end of each race results slips need to be completed and returned to registration.  Where teachers are not present then individual athletes should complete results slips themselves. Athletes will need to fill in their name, school and finishing position (placing tickets given to all race finishers). If schools wish to enter teams then all athletes from the same school should use the same results slip. Results slips need to be left at registration

How many athletes are needed to count for a team?
Four athletes are needed for a year seven or junior team. Three athletes are needed for an intermediate or senior team. You can claim last place once during the season if you are one runner short at a race.

Do I need to complete all races to secure a league position?
Performances from three of the four league races will count towards final league positions in both the individual and team events.

What distance is my race?
Race distances vary slightly depending upon environment and ground conditions but will be approximately as follows:
Year 7 girls and boys – 2.5km
Junior girls – 3km
Junior boys – 3.5km
Inter and senior girls – 3.5km
Inter and senior boys – 6km

Do I need to wear a number for my race?
No numbers are required for the races. As intermediate and senior athletes compete in the same race and are separated at the finish line we ask that they wear a letter to identify their age groups and assist with finishing positions. These will be provided at registration. Intermediate athletes need to wear an ‘I’ on  and senior athletes need to wear an ‘S’ on their front and back. To highlight the year 7 races each will be issued with a Y7 bib which should be attached to the front.

How do I gain selection for the English Schools team?
The county schools association has decided to select English Schools competitors only from a single County Championship race. Please contact them directly for more information. SCHOOLS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY AN AFFILIATION TO ENABLE ATHLETES TO TAKE PART IN THE COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT.  



How can I see my results after the race?
Results will be available as soon as possible in the days following each race and will be published on the website. Please note that the initial results placed on the website may be draft results and will be marked accordingly.